The Obama administration backed off its opposition to the Keystone pipeline today, at least in part: the administration now says that it supports construction of the southernmost portion of the pipeline, from Cushing, Oklahoma to Texas. The move will allow the administration to muddy the waters on the pipeline for political purposes in an election year, but it won’t do anything to bring new oil in from Canada, as the administration is still blocking TransCanada from getting the cross-border permit it needs to build a pipeline into the U.S. Instead, TransCanada is now talking about building a pipeline to the west coast so the oil can be shipped to China.
Despite its relative insignificance, Obama’s environmentalist base considers today’s reversal to be a sellout. As a friend writes: “It didn’t take Obama long to stab his allies in the back. He’s always lying…you just have to figure out who the rube is on a given day.”